PG&E Signs Contract With Sempra Generation for 10 Megawatts of Thin-Film Solar

Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:00pm EST

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Photovoltaic Solar Project is Utility's First to Come Online; Emission-Free,
Renewable Energy Deliveries to Begin in 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric
Company (PG&E) announced today that it has entered into a long-term agreement
with El Dorado Energy, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sempra Generation, to
purchase 10 megawatts of renewable, photovoltaic solar energy from Sempra
Generation's new El Dorado Energy Solar facility in Nevada.

"Solar energy is a reliable and environmentally-friendly way to help meet
California's peak energy demands," said Jack Keenan, chief operating officer
for PG&E. "Through our partnership with Sempra Generation, we will
significantly increase the amount of solar energy we provide to our customers
in 2009."

The El Dorado Energy solar facility is located on 80 acres adjacent to Sempra
Generation's existing gas-fired power plant in Boulder City, Nevada. Power
deliveries to PG&E are expected to begin by January 1, 2009. The project will
generate up to 23.2 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy annually. That is
equivalent to the amount of energy needed to serve more than 3,360 residential
homes annually.

"We commend Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its decision to encourage and
sustain new renewable energy installations such as El Dorado Energy Solar,"
said Michael W. Allman, president and chief executive officer of Sempra
Generation. "Our mutual, long-term commitment to solar energy will benefit
western U.S. power customers for generations to come."

Since 2002, PG&E has entered into contracts for more than 20 percent of its
future electric power deliveries from renewable sources. On average, more than
50 percent of the electricity PG&E delivers to its customers comes from
generating sources that emit no carbon dioxide, making the company's energy
among the cleanest in the nation.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:
PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the
United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company
delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern
and central California. For more information, visit

SOURCE  Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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